Orphanage tourism is the visiting of orphanages, usually with the intention of helping the children and making them happy. However, this has several problems, including the following:

  • A child's right to privacy
  • Reports show[verification needed] that short-term visits can harm a child's development and emotional wellbeing. Children need stability.
  • Child protection policies. In cases where orphanages fail to check the backgrounds of visitors, children are open to mistreatment and abuse.
  • Such programs and activities distract from other programs of greater benefit for the child - in particular, supporting family based care.

A better way to support vulnerable children and their families is through vocational training and other community-based initiative.

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